RATINGS: 936   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ale’s big brother, this stock ale is remarkably balanced for such a highly hopped beer. A rich deep blood red color makes this beer scary enough to be served every Halloween and a few other times of the year.

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cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2012 Bottle @ home, acquired in a trade. Clear burnt orange appearance with a small, light brown head. Rich toffee, sweet caramel malty, a touch spicy, lightly piney, floral hoppy aroma. Spicy, piney hoppy flavor, mildly citrusy, rich caramel/toffee flavor. Thick, lightly syrupy, spicy, toffee finish. Pretty cool beer.

alexsdad06 (10640) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear reddish copper color with a medium sized fluffy off white head. The aroma displays a nice blend of sweet caramel and toasted bready malts paired with fresh citrus and grassy hops. The flavor has a nice toasted malt base that is covered in caramel. The citrus and grassy hops pop from this with a moderate amount of bitterness. There is a slight hint of spice, perhaps pepper, that works in at times. Finish is dry with moderate bitterness; no alcohol. Medium bodied, a touch oily. This is another solid offering from Great Lakes that I don’t get to enjoy as much as I should.

DuffMan (10602) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2010
On tap at Hop Leaf Chicago (second visit). Dark, burnt orange amber. Foresty, piney aroma, perfumey and sweet. On the palate: huge hop attack, sticky caramel malts, nice bitterness in the finish. Big and tasty.

phaleslu (10547) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2009
12 oz. bottle from Ludlow Wines. Pours a slightly cloudy ruby red color with a small eggshell head that leaves only a thin rim around the sides and a few bubbles on top. Nice aroma of raisin, black cherry, sweet roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, and citrus hops. The flavor is just a notch below the aroma, with notes of caramel, sweet roasted malts, pine hops, alcohol, dark and dried fruits, spices, and mixed nuts. Light-medium bodied, sweet early and bitter late. Lingering alcohol aftertaste.

sebletitje (10282) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2009
courtesy of sirpsycho. Bottle received had a good ’til date of Oct’ 06. Pours murky orange with light brownish head. Aroma was a mix of malty and floral hops with strong grainy nose. Taste had significant dose of caramel malts and not much of hops to be noticed. Don’t know what to think of this one, wish I had a newer bottle to get a better idea.

MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
My Bottom Line
Noble herbal hops and their citrusy wings float atop the chewy cereals. Another balanced masterpiece from Great Lakes which manages to please those in search of memorable flavors and those looking for a friendly pint.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the clear ochre red.
-Carbonation is perfect, helping drinkability and letting the malts build a smashing body.
-Herbal hop bitterness firmly greets the tastebuds before slowly fading away.
-Orangey fruitiness stems from the hoppiness and branches out into the sweet cereals.


GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2010
355mL courtesy of tastybeer. Poured a clear, rich amber with a towering, yellow, healthy head with excellent retention and leaving very nice webby lacing. Aroma is resiny, malty, earthy, rich oatmeal, bran cereal. Taste has the characteristic Great Lake rye malt earthiness, raw oatmeal body but this has some slight piney hops to balance. No spicy alcohol poking through. Rich, creamy palate. Chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Excellent.

arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Pours red with thin white head, aroma is a bit citrusy and grassy. Taste up front is citrus, grass, some sweet caramel and a slightly bitter dry finish. Pretty average ale, didn’t seem strong by any means, more like an EPA. Bottle age perhaps?

DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2011
12oz bottle. Clear ruby red color, foamy light tan head. Lots of dark little particles suspended in this beer. Sporadic lacing. At the liquor store today, a fellow beer nerd was talking trash about this "stock" ale. Is a stock ale the same thing as an imperial red? What is a stock ale, is this one? Any way... This has a great hop nose with some rich spicy caramel notes. Light acidic texture. Nice spicy bitter taste. Light bite to it. Definitely an above average, enjoyable brew... Maybe it’s screwed-up for a stock ale, I don’t know, but maybe it’s not supposed to be a stock ale at all... Just an imperial red. If so, I think it works. Reds aren’t generally my thing, but I enjoyed this imperial red.

blipp (9590) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours red with a beige head. The aroma is... sandy? with citric hops. The flavor is quite strange, I know I’m not helping anyone with that description but I really don’t know how to describe it. Also some floral hops. Weird, but not bad.

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